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Experience:  11 years veterinary experience in small animal medicine and surgery.
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My 16 year old pit ate some paper towels ( no idea how much

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My 16 year old pit bull ate some paper towels ( no idea how much just know cuz he threw up a wad) now he's constipated, throwing up and will not eat
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Snoop
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Snoop?
Customer: Besides he's really old starting to lose control of his hind legs
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

Hello! My name is***** and I am a small animal veterinarian. I am reviewing your question to formulate an answer. Do you mind answering a few more questions so I can get a better history on Snoop?

Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

Do you know when snoop may have eaten the paper towels? Were these likely fresh paper towels or were they previously used to clean up something - just trying to get an idea if he ingested something in addition to the towels. When did Snoop start vomiting and how long has it been since he last ate? Has Snoop had any previous medical issues besides problems with his hind legs? Has the trouble with his legs caused him to have any problem urinating or defecating in the past? Is there any chance that Snoop may have eaten anything else e.g. other foreign material, toxins, human food?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
the towels were used to clean up something in the kitchen, I don't know what. Also he has recently gotten over a urinary track infection, drinking lots of water. Taking medication to control the excessive water intake. Also med for thyroid, and condroitin
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Clean up was more than likely food
Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

Thank you for that information. When did he start drinking lots of water? Do you know when he ate the paper towels? Has he had any recent blood or urine tests to look at the cause of urinary tract infection and the excessive water intake or measure his thyroid level?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He's been taking the meds for probly 2 months, has improved sone on the water intakevery. All this stuff started yesterday, he started throwing up and then around 4 am he threw up a LG wad of paper towels
Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

Thanks for the extra information...I will type up my response now, it will take me a few minutes.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Tested urinary track infection is gone, he's had the thyroid 4 at least a year
Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

It is possible that Snoop's symptoms may be related to some of his previous health concerns but it could also be unrelated in response to eating the paper towels.

When a dog ingests foreign material like paper towels it may become stuck causing an obstruction - the symptoms that you may see when this happens include vomiting, inappetence and either diarrhea or lack of stool. It is important that Snoop be seen by your local vet to determine if there are still paper towels stuck inside causing an obstruction. The vet will be able to tell by x-rays or ultrasound. Sometimes the vet may even be able to get an idea if they could be stuck by palpating Snoop's belly.

Another way the towels can cause this problem is if the material they cleaned up have caused an issue for example if the paper towels had rich food on them that can cause pancreatitis (this is diagnosed by blood test or ultrasound). Toxins may even be an issue if the towels were used to clean up a toxic material, so best to check will the household what was on the paper towels before going to see the local vet.

It is possible that these symptoms may be related to Snoops underlying problems (increased urination, hindleg trouble, thyroid) conditions associated with these problems include diabetes, pancreatitis, and nerve damage that can effect defecation.

So to wrap this all up I suggest that you take Snoop to a local vet ASAP to be examined to see if there are any paper towels causing an obstruction. At the same time I suggest that you discuss ruling out diabetes and pancreatitis by performing blood tests and consider rechecking his thyroid level.

I realize that this all seems like a lot especially when Snoop is not doing well but I do suggest he be examined ASAP. The sooner the problem can be pin pointed by tests the better Snoop will respond to treatment and the lower the cost - if further time causes deterioration such as dehydration the more treatment he will need.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
How do i rate you
Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

Hmmm good question! I do not see the same screen that you do, but there should be a button where you can "accept answer" or a pop up may appear requesting a rating. If you still have trouble let me know and I will contact the site to find out how

Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

Ok I found out some info on rating....

Please rate me by clicking on the **stars** at the top of the page as this is the only way the site credits me for helping you. Thank you!

Expert:  DrBridget replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?